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  • Thumbnail for Chinese Proto-Yueyao Jar (side view)
    Chinese Proto-Yueyao Jar (side view)

    4" h. Ovate body with two small luted loop handles on either side of the shoulder, narrowing down towards the slightly concave base which is marked with diminishing arcs from the cord used to shear the bottom and also with residue of the kiln spurs. A short, narrow neck surmounted by a dished mouth. The finely crazed yellowish glaze falls partially down the body revealing the buff stoneware on the lower end and bottom.

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    Chinese Bronze Belt Hook (side two)

    3" l. Cast with long scrolled horns flanking a crest, large ears, prominent snout and protruding curved tongue forming the hook.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Xingyao Porcelain Bowl (side)
    Chinese Xingyao Porcelain Bowl (side)

    3 3/8" h x 6 1/4" at widest point. Unusual form of "Samarra" type. Ovate and faceted octagonally with beaded strips strung vertically between the panels, a grooved ring on the flat base forming a wide foot ring, horizontal fluted interior with impressed floral spray at the bottom, one slightly raised semi-circle at the exterior only with 'tear' stains running toward the base.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Stoneware Cup and Stand (detail)
    Chinese Stoneware Cup and Stand (detail)

    Cup - 2 1/8" h x 4" w. Stand - 1 1/4" h x 5 3/4" w. Petal - carved, campanulate cup, green-glazed, crazed and pooling thickly in recesses and running down on a solid, slightly splayed base in thicl pools, flat base with traces of spurs, double groove below the rim on the exterior. Design of overlapping petals repeated on the inside of the stand, encircling the cup ring, concave base, buff colored body.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Bronze Hand Warmer with Engraved Dragons and Flowers (close up)
    Chinese Bronze Hand Warmer with Engraved Dragons and Flowers (close up)

    2" h x 2 3/4" w. Ovate body with engraved design of dragons on two sides enclosed in arabesque cartouches and engraved peonies in arabesque cartouches on the other two sides, rectangular cover, domed and cast in relief with a dragon and preforated bale handle, traces of gilding and lacquer.

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    Chinese Stoneware Dish (bottom)

    7 1/2" w. Small dish, shallow, gently curving upward from the flat, footless bottom with traces of three large spur mounds, carved design of overlapping lotus petals with pod rings in the center, olive green crazed and glassy glaze with dark poolings in the recesses and near the base, grey body.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Inscribed Bronze Mirror (front)
    Chinese Inscribed Bronze Mirror (front)

    4 3/8" w. Seal characters forming a frieze

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Stoneware Cup and Stand (separated tops)
    Chinese Stoneware Cup and Stand (separated tops)

    Cup - 2 1/8" h x 4" w. Stand - 1 1/4""h x 5 3/4" w. Petal - carved, campanulate cup, green-glazed, crazed and pooling thickly in recesses and running down on a solid, slightly splayed base in thicl pools, flat base with traces of spurs, double groove below the rim on the exterior. Design of overlapping petals repeated on the inside of the stand, encircling the cup ring, concave base, buff colored body.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Enamel Bronze Fingernail Guard (front)
    Chinese Enamel Bronze Fingernail Guard (front)

    3 3/4" l. Arced and tapered fprm with reticulated design on the reverse and enamel floral design on the front.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Jianyao "Hare's Fur" Bowl (bottom)
    Chinese Jianyao "Hare's Fur" Bowl (bottom)

    2 3/4" h x 4 5/8" w. Flared side turning upward near the rim and indented toward the footring, the dark brown stoneware is covered with a brown glaze inside and two-thirds of the way down on the outside where it has pooled, thinning on the lip. In addition to the brown, radiating streaks of black are on the interior and exterior.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Jianyao "Hare's Fur" Bowl (top)
    Chinese Jianyao "Hare's Fur" Bowl (top)

    2 3/4" h x 4 5/8" w. Flared side turning upward near the rim and indented toward the footring, the dark brown stoneware is covered with a brown glaze inside and two-thirds of the way down on the outside where it has pooled, thinning on the lip. In addition to the brown, radiating streaks of black are on the interior and exterior.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Carved Yingqing Porcelain Bowl
    Chinese Carved Yingqing Porcelain Bowl

    2 3/4" h x 6 7/8" w. Conical form with fine wedge-shape foot ring, floral and birds carved with dotted combed effect in the interior, pale blue glaze, base and foot ring partially glazed leaving a small burnt red unglazed area in the center, foliate rim.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Stoneware Jar-Small
    Chinese Stoneware Jar-Small

    3 1/2" h. Similar to "Chinese Stoneware Jar -Large" - less the lobes, less the solid foot. Footless concave bottom.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Inscribed Bronze Mirror (back)
    Chinese Inscribed Bronze Mirror (back)

    4 3/4" w. Astronomical mirror.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Jizhou Tomb Vases (pair)
    Chinese Jizhou Tomb Vases (pair)

    Pair - 5 1/2" h. Baluster - 6 1/8" h. A pair of pyriform vases on a high splayed foot, molded with a raised floral scroll above a raised band which is over a band overlapping lotus leaves, an incised thin band on the wide neck terminating in a flat ringed mouth. The dirty light brown and crazed glaze on the exterior falls to halfway down the foot where the grey sugary body is brown from firing. A third vase is of baluster form with moled leaves on the shoulder below the bulbous portion and on the foot, two applied tubular handles above an incised ring on the neck. The dirty light brown glaze is halfway down the foot.

  • Thumbnail for Bronze Inscribed Mirror -  view of back with decoration
    Bronze Inscribed Mirror - view of back with decoration

    3" w. The recessed field is centered by a plain pierced knob surrounded by a circle of seal characters alternating with hairspring-like loops and X's in diamonds flanked by rope twist borders over which is an inscribed plate with the inscription "Zhang-zhia zao" ("Made by the Zhang family").

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    Carved Gourd with Literary Scenes (1 view 1)

    1 1/2"h x 1 3/4"l (including base). Side view of finely carved gourd showing scenes from literature and opera.

  • Thumbnail for Stoneware Cup - bottom view
    Stoneware Cup - bottom view

    2" average height. One of set of 3 cups, campanualate with slightly thickened rims and solid straight sided foot-rings, yellowish glassy and finely crazed glaze, grey body.

  • Thumbnail for Yueyao Stoneware Cup (bottom)
    Yueyao Stoneware Cup (bottom)

    2"h x 4"w. Bottom view of small bowl with crackled light green glaze.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Gu Yue Xuan Vase (view 1)
    Chinese Gu Yue Xuan Vase (view 1)

    4 7/8" h. Slender ovate form, cylindrical foot ring, tapered shoulder and trumpet horn neck and mouth, raised enamel décor from top to bottom, on the neck a band of ruyi heads followed by a band of pendant jewels, on the shoulder band of upright overlapping stiff leaves, a narrow double reciprocating linear band, a wider Greek key band followed by a narrow pendant spear head band, the body with a hawk standing on a rock formation with lotus leaves below and a large setting sun to the left, above the sun is a short poem in black enamel with three red seals, on the foot ring is a band of ruyi heads followed by a band of floral meander alternating with Greek key, the bands in blue enamel, the scene in polychrome enamel, egg shell thin porcelain, red enamel four character mark "made for the hall of cultivation of virtue" - a palace mark in a double line square with rounded corners.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Ming Style Vase  - view 1
    Chinese Ming Style Vase - view 1

    7" h. Baluster form, very finely painted in brilliant underglazed-blue from the lip down, a band of ruyi heads with hanging jewel pendants, on the bottom of the neck a band of stiff overlapping leaves followed by a narrow band of diamond diaper alternating with four Buddhist emblems, the Wheel of the Law, conch shell, umbrella and vase, followed by a band of pendant three prong spear heads on the shoulder, two chilong standing at the top of a cliff with a twisted tree trunk above and behind them with rock formations, on the tall splayed foot a band of formal lotus pod lappets, stippling and mottling simulating "heaped and piled" effect, surface with "orange peel" effect, seal characters of Yongzheng and of the period.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Molded Dehua Porcelain Libation Cup (view 2)
    Chinese Molded Dehua Porcelain Libation Cup (view 2)

    2 1/6""h. Faceted, flared sides molded with raised animals, tigers, deer, etc., octagonal lip, four comma-shape feet, unctuous cream-white glaze, body thick and translucent.

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    Funerary Vases (view 2) vase 2

    This unusual green glaze jar belongs to a particular type of funerary vessel made during the Three Kingdoms and Western Jin dynasties. Called a hunping (spirit jar), it has a long tapered body topped by a configuration of architectural elements and animals. In this example, figures circle the jar as other creatures swarm up the neck of the container.

  • Thumbnail for Bronze Inscribed Mirror
    Bronze Inscribed Mirror

    3 1/2". Recessed field cast in linear relief with highly stylized bird motifs alternating with leaves and nipple bosses, surrounded within a double circle of zigzag borders a raised beveled rim, all around the central pierced knob. Image shows heavily corroded mirror side, formerly highly polished for seeing one's reflection.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Carved Gourd with Literary Scenes (2 view 3)
    Chinese Carved Gourd with Literary Scenes (2 view 3)

    1 1/2"h x 1 3/4"l (including base). Side view of finely carved gourd showing scenes from literature and opera.